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Woodbury Drive Safety and Mobility

Washington County, MN
Woodbury Drive Safety and Mobility - Washington Countyty, MN

The Woodbury Drive (CSAH 19) Safety and Mobility project is a successful demonstration of how proactive community and agency involvement can lead to a more livable project with diverse and creative solutions to complex community problems. The project resulted in a more cohesive corridor that responds to demands for an integrated, multi-modal facility without sacrificing the “neighborhood” feeling nearby residents wished to retain. Washington County needed to expand Woodbury Drive from two- to four-lanes over a two-mile segment from Valley Creek Road to Bailey Road.

HR Green, as the engineering consultant to Washington County, was tasked with designing this expansion in a way that responds to community interests for safety, mobility, aesthetics and the inclusion of pedestrian and bicycle facilities, but also stays within a constrained corridor (120-foot right-of-way in some locations). Through the project development process, challenging stormwater management and downstream water quality objectives were identified that required a creative solution to obtain regulatory permits. Working with Washington County and the City of Woodbury, HR Green’s design responded to these needs with a new four-lane corridor including two new multi-lane roundabouts, a multi-use trail on both sides of Woodbury Drive, aesthetic treatments, and an innovative stormwater reuse solution that responded to emerging concerns about groundwater use for golf course irrigation while also meeting stringent water quality targets from the watershed district. The project was constructed and opened to the public in 2013.

Award: ACEC Minnesota Engineering Excellence Award

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